Computing

“Education should prepare young people for jobs that do not yet exist, using technologies that have not yet been invented, to solve problems of which we are not yet aware.” –  Richard Riley

Computing Curriculum
Online Safety for all years
  • At least one session per half term
  • Resources from North Tyneside / Common Sense Media
  • Resources from South West Grid for Learning
Year Group Autumn

Term 1

Autumn

Term 2

Spring

Term 3

Spring

Term 4

Summer

Term 5

Summer

Term 6

5 Computing at Wellfield Introduces the IT suite, rules and how it is used as well as the common apps, software and Google Drive.    What is a computer? Delve into what really makes a computer a computer. Is a TV a computer? Is a fridge a computer? Is a toilet a computer?! It also investigates just what is inside that metal box, how a computer works, memory, data and binary code. By the end you’ll know your RAM from your ROM and your CPU from your GPU. Collaborative Websites – Google Sites Use Google apps for collaborative research as well as planning and creation of a group website, considering the design and consistency of the site. Building Retro Games – Pac-Man Choose from 3 classic video game projects with this fantastic coding unit. Analyse the original games, build a simple version of them, then let the students get creative and independently extend their projects.  Flowol This unit introduces children to flowcharts and how they are used to program and control devices,  including simulations of real life automatic computer systems. Children are taught to build sequences of instructions, control multiple outputs and structure algorithms with decisions and inputs. Manipulating Sound Explore a range of web tools for sound and music creation and then explores sound editing; creating radio adverts and audio books, complete with sound effects and atmospheric music.  Sphero
6 Spreadsheets Building Retro Games – Pac-Man Choose from 3 classic video game projects with this fantastic coding unit. Analyse the original games, build a simple version of them, then let the students get creative and independently extend their projects.  Manipulating Images Investigate a range of different artistic styles and how they can be recreated using digital art tools. Digital sculpture is also looked at and combined with photo editing. Creating Instructional Videos Plan, design and create instructional teaching videos. Perfect for reinforcing other areas of the curriculum, they can create videos to support each other with revision and then share them to a website to give access to everyone in the class. BBC MicroBit Introduce students to physical computing with a BBC micro:bit. Control the LED matrix and find out how screens work, learn about inputs and outputs, turn your micro:bit into a scoring or game device while learning about variables, conditionals and iteration.  Inside the internet Gets under the skin of the Internet to investigate how the web works, how it’s built and written with HTML code.
7 BBC MicroBit Introduce students to physical computing with a BBC micro:bit. Control the LED matrix and find out how screens work, learn about inputs and outputs, turn your micro:bit into a scoring or game device while learning about variables, conditionals and iteration.  Binary and Data Introduce students to the concept of binary and how it is used to represent data and images on the computer. They will be able to convert between binary and denary and carry out basic calculations in binary. Python Minecraft with a Raspberry Pi  Learn Python by hacking Minecraft! Extend learning into a text based programming language, students learn how they can manipulate the Minecraft world by writing code. Grand Designs Project
8 Introduction to Python A unit to introduce students to the language of Python. They will understand different data types, declare and manipulate variables, work with lists and write programs. Sonic Pi A unit to really get creative with code! Use a text based coding language (Ruby) to create your own beats and tunes. Play notes, chords, samples and loops and manipulate it all to your heart’s content until you’re rocking beats like a top DJ…. just with code! Sphero Planning a music festival
E Safety Information

 

Links for Online Safety – Parents

  • Think U Know – For parents who would like advice on how to take care of their children’s safety and security when using the internet at home.
  • Net-Aware – A guide to social networks used by children. Up to date information on popular apps and games.
  • NSPCC – NSPCC website with advice and videos to share with children about keeping safe online.
  • Childnet – Information about parental controls and gaming.
  • Internet Matters – Site that covers many aspects of internet safety and takes you through setting up parental controls on all gadgets in an easy to follow step by step guide.
  • Safari Internet – Information and advice on internet safety.
  • Everybody Plays – Video gaming site with reviews for parents.
  • Get Safe Online – Online safety advice.
  • Gov UK – A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media by the DfDCMS (downloadable PDF).
  • Connect Safely – Parents’ guide to Instagram (downloadable PDF).